And sometimes, everybodywas just ﬂoating with you....
As nice as “tubing through life” sounds... we’re making choices all the time We’re faced with challenges and choices every day We make many decisions everyday Even when we try hard to avoid difﬁcult choices, this is still a decision. Ultimately, our choices also shape us - and deeply affect those close to us.
Not to mention...• The many things that may affect us profoundly that we generally have little control over like: • the economy, weather, earthquakes, etc. • accidents • dangerous diseases • violence/crime/war
And of course...We want to live as entrepreneurial sonsand daughters of Father God.We want to be led by the Holy Spirit sothat we are positioned and prepared forwhat God “dreams” for us:10 Forwe are God’s masterpiece. He hascreated us anew in Christ Jesus, so we cando the good things he planned for us longago.Eph 2:10 NLT
Good News! We know the One who:• Is the Beginning and the End (Rev 1:8)• Holds all things together (Col 1:17)• Will never let go of us or lose us (Jn 17:9, Romans 8:38-39)
The Key to Living Now andPreparing for the Future is.....
The Key to Living Now andPreparing for the Future is.....Friendship
The Key to Living Now andPreparing for the Future is.....FriendshipFriendship with Jesus
Friendship with Jesus 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.John 15:14-15 NIV
Chosen to be His Friends16 You did not choose me, but I choseyou and appointed you so that youmight go and bear fruit—fruit that willlast—and so that whatever you ask inmy name the Father will give you.(John 15:14-15 NIV)
Soak-in the Wonder!From Colossians 1:13 - 1713 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness,and transferred us to the kingdom of His belovedSon, 14 in whom we have redemption, theforgiveness of sins.15 He is the image of the invisible God, thefirstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all thingswere created, both in the heavens and on earth,visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominionsor rulers or authorities—all things have beencreated through Him and for Him. 17 He is beforeall things, and in Him all things hold together.
Once we “know” that we are eternally secure in Jesus with Father God...• And we live in friendship and communion with Jesus:• Here are some points of wisdom that I have found helpful.
The Holy Spirit!However, when He, the Spirit of Truthhas come, He will guide you into alltruth; for He will not speak on Hisown authority, but whatever He hearsHe will speak; and He will tell youthings to come.John 16:12-13
Processing Things that Might be from the Holy Spirit• Our own impressions, dreams, thoughts, visions, audible voices, encounters, etc.• Messages via other people to us • personal prophetic words • prophecy to churches, regions, nations, etc.
Sometimes God uses whispers and nudgesSome of my stories
Exercise - Stories ofResponding to the Holy SpiritPair up with someone you don’tknow well.Each of you share a story of timewhen you acted upon a “nudge”,impression, “word”, dream, etc. -and how it made a difference....
And it is our responsibility - to “test” and discern• What is the “strength” of the revelation?• Is it with the bounds of God’s written Word?• Does our spirit and the Holy Spirit resonate with this “revelation”?• If it is coming through someone else, what is their “track record” and do they love God?• If the “cost” of following the revelation is signiﬁcant, are there conﬁrmations?
Sometimes lives arepreserved by responding to true prophecies• The story of followers of Jesus who remembered His warning about Jerusalem.• The story of a village in Armenia and a boy who gave himself to seeking God.
Jesus prophesies about Jerusalem and Judea (Luke 21)20 “But when you see Jerusalem surroundedby armies, then know that its desolation isnear. 21 Then let those who are in Judea ﬂeeto the mountains, let those who are in themidst of her depart, and let not those whoare in the country enter her. 22 For these arethe days of vengeance, that all things whichare written may be fulﬁlled.
23 But woe to those who are pregnant andto those who are nursing babies in thosedays! For there will be great distress in theland and wrath upon this people. 24 Andthey will fall by the edge of the sword, andbe led away captive into all nations. AndJerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles untilthe times of the Gentiles are fulﬁlled.(Luke 21 NKJV)
Judea was invaded and Jerusalem was surroundedby a Roman army within 40 years (a generation)after Jesus gave His warning.There was a terrible time of suffering (tribulation).Much of it was due to Jewish factions ﬁghting eachother. In the end, in C.E. 70, Jerusalem fell, theTemple was utterly destroyed. Josephus estimates1.1 million died.In that time, there were people falsely claiming tobe “The Messiah”. And even 60 years later, BarKochba led another rebellion, acclaimed by RabbiAkiva to possibly be the Messiah. It was alsocrushed.
Early Church Tradition: The Followers of Jesus Got Out!From Eusebius History of the Church 3:5:3: “But the people of the church in Jerusalem had been commanded by a revelation, vouchsafed to approved men there before the war, to leave the city and to dwell in a certain town of Perea called Pella.”In 1989 Craig Koester published his discussion about thePella ﬂight in which he closely examines the texts ofEusebius, Epiphanius, and Pseudo-Clementine Recognitionsand concludes that ‘the origin of the tradition is that itrecalls actual events of the 1st century’.
• The story of a village in Armenia and a boy who gave himself to seeking God.
• From the book: “The Happiest People on Earth” by Demos Shakarian
Kara Kala: Once in Armenia, now part of TurkeyThe Karakala village photo was taken in the late1800s shortly after the Armenians moved in.
Among the Californian Armeniancommunity is a disproportionatenumber of descendants ofimmigrants from the small village ofKarakala, or Kara-Kala, near Kars.(Bluebird Reseach)
Good Words from the Apostle Paul: 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil.
Common Sense Future Prep:• Take steps to have on hand what you and your household need• In case something interrupts the necessities of life:• Aim for a minimum of two weeks (14 days). Prep for one month or more - even better.• Water - 1 gallon/day/per person x 14 days = 14 gallons per person in your household
Common Sense Future Prep:• Food - canned goods, energy bars, etc. There are also longer term food storage products available - see Costco or the internet.• If your stored food needs to be cooked - a stove and fuel would be wise.• Basic necessities - personal hygiene, TP, etc.• Extra money hidden safely - is a good idea
Its much better to take even a few steps - rather than feeloverwhelmed and do nothing! A helpful, thorough site is: www.ready.gov
Future Sense Living Wisely Russ Fochler October 13, 2012